Plastics and health

Chemical exposures of women workers in the plastics industry with particular reference to breast cancer and reproductive hazards

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National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
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Online
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Robert Dematteo
Anne Rochon Ford
Margaret M. Keith
Michael Gilbertson
James T. Brophy
Jyoti Pharityal
Anne Wordsworth
Magali Rootham
Andrew E. Watterson
Dayna Nadine Scott
Matthias Beck
Edition: 
Vol. 22(4) 427-448
Publisher: 
New Solutions (Baywood Publishing Co., Inc.)
Publication Date: 
2012

Explores the occupational exposures in producing plastics and health risks to workers, particularly women, who make up a large part of the workforce. Demonstrates that workers are exposed to chemicals that have been identified as mammary carcinogens and endocrine disrupting chemicals, and that the work environment is heavily contaminated with dust and fumes. Finds that, as a consequence, plastics workers have a body burden of environmental contaminants that far exceeds that found in the general public.

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This research was funded by Health Canada in the form of a grant to the National Network on Environments and Women’s Health at York University and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation–Ontario Region.

Hazardous substances: plastics

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National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
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Online
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Canadian Auto Workers
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2011
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Ontario

Factsheet detailing the various plastics that workers may come in contact with in the auto industry, and how contact with these plastics may affect their health.

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Chemical exposure and plastics production: issues for women's health

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Exposition à des produits chimiques et production des matières plastiques : problèmes pour la santé des femmes
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National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
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Online
Author: 
Robert DeMatteo
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National Network on Environments and Women's Health
Publication Date: 
2011
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

A literature review of chemical exposure and plastics production as it relates to women's health.

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NNEWH Plastics workshop (video series)

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National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
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Online
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National Network on Environments and Women's Health
Publication Date: 
2012
Publication Place: 
Windsor, ON

Fourteen videos documenting a workshop hosted by NNEWH in partnership with the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) in January 2012 in Windsor, Ontario. The workshop dealt with recent studies on the emerging health concerns for women workers in the auto sector, specifically plastics manufacturing and the possible elevated incidence of breast cancer and reproductive problems in women plastics workers. 

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Defining endocrine disruptors: are women workers in the automotive plastics industry particularly at risk?

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National Network on Environment and Women's Health (NNEWH)
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Online
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National Network on Environments and Women's Health
Publication Date: 
2012
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Toronto, ON

A clear language factsheet describing the possible health dangers from chemical expsurres experienced by women who work in the automotive plastics industry.  Exposures described are mainly by breathing the fumes and dusts, and also by absorption through the skin. Many of these chemicals interfere with hormone systems and are therefore called endocrine disruptors.

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Not a flower shop: exploring breast cancer risk and gender bias ... in the automotive plastic parts industry in Ontario

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Pas un magasin de fleurs : Une exploration des risques de cancer du sein et des préjugés liés au genre ... dans l’industrie des pièces d’automobile en plastique en Ontario
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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Online
Author: 
Mary-Louise Leidl
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Summer 2012
Publisher: 
CWHN Network
Publication Date: 
2012
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Discusses the work of researchers Jim Brophy and Margaret Keith who have studied the links between cancer risk and occupation in the automovie plastics industry in Sarnia, Ontario. Much of the material used in this article is drawn from the chapter entitled “Plastics Industry Workers and Breast Cancer Risk: Are We Heeding the Warnings?” in the book Consuming Chemicals: Law, Science and Policy for Women's Health, edited by D.N. Scott and written by Brophy, Keith, and fellow researchers Robert DeMatteo, Michael Gilbertson, Andrew Watterson and Matthias Beck. 

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Improving access to abortion services in Ontario: recommendations for education programs, regulatory and accrediting bodies

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Echo Advance
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2011
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Toronto, ON

Information sheet on a research report on access to abortion services in Ontario, along with recommendations from an expert panel for Education Programs, Regulatory and Accrediting Bodies  on improving access to high quality, abortion services in Ontario.
Based on four new studies that are a follow up to their abortion studies conducted 10 years ago. The four case scenarios include: availability of first trimester abortions in Ontario; complication rates, practices and procedures among Ontario hospital abortion providers; availability and safety of second trimester abortions in Ontario; and abortion curriculum and abortion training in Ontario Medical Schools.

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Improving access to abortion services in Ontario: recommendations for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

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Echo Advance
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2011
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Toronto, ON

Information sheet on a research report on access to abortion services in Ontario, along with recommendations from an expert panel for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care  on improving access to high quality, abortion services in Ontario.
Based on four new studies that are a follow up to their abortion studies conducted 10 years ago. The four case scenarios include: availability of first trimester abortions in Ontario; complication rates, practices and procedures among Ontario hospital abortion providers; availability and safety of second trimester abortions in Ontario; and abortion curriculum and abortion training in Ontario Medical Schools.

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Improving access to abortion services in Ontario: information for women and proposed system changes

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Echo Advance
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2011
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Toronto, ON

Information sheet for Ontario women based on a research report on access to abortion services in Ontario. Based on four new studies that are a follow up to abortion studies conducted 10 years ago. The four case scenarios include: availability of first trimester abortions in Ontario; complication rates, practices and procedures among Ontario hospital abortion providers; availability and safety of second trimester abortions in Ontario; and abortion curriculum and abortion training in Ontario Medical Schools.  

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Includes bibliographical references.

Improving access to abortion services in Ontario: recommendations for health care providers

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Echo Advance
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2011
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Information sheet on a research report on access to abortion services in Ontario, along with recommendations from an expert panel for care providers  for improving access to high quality, abortion services in Ontario. Based on four new studies that are a follow up to their abortion studies conducted 10 years ago. The four case scenarios include: availability of first trimester abortions in Ontario; complication rates, practices and procedures among Ontario hospital abortion providers; availability and safety of second trimester abortions in Ontario; and abortion curriculum and abortion training in Ontario Medical Schools.  

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Includes bibliographical references.
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